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A new report revealing heritage railway projects give a £250million boost to the economy has been welcomed by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.
Projects such as the Chasewater Light Railway have been praised for the benefit they give to local communities.
The All Party Group on Heritage Rail has also recommended simplifying the planning requirements for extending heritage railways and encouraging the use of lines for public transport.
“I am pleased to see that heritage railways have attracted the attention of Parliament,” said Mr Fabricant. “Railways, such as that of the Chasewater Light Railway near Burntwood, are significant contributors to their communities adding twice their annual turnover back to the local economy.
“The report shows that heritage railways in Britain are going to face at least as many challenges in the future, as they have faced in the last 60 years. However, I am certain that with the enthusiasm of our volunteers and visitors, as well as a little help from the Government, steam trains at Chasewater will continue to grow and develop.”